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Leonie Barrie

Leonie BarrieBiography

Leonie Barrie joined just-style as managing editor 14 years ago, and during that time has been instrumental in steering the site's editorial content and direction. Under her leadership, just-style has raised its profile internationally, and today boasts a team of contributors around the world who provide a unique blend of up-to-the-minute news, research and analysis on the apparel and footwear industry and its supply chain.

An experienced business journalist with a background in fashion and textiles, Leonie has written extensively about global sourcing and production, technology, emerging markets, as well as retail, brand and marketing strategies. She has also interviewed industry leaders across the globe. As managing editor Leonie has travelled around the world to gain first-hand experience of the industry in various countries, and continues to deliver keynote speeches, chair roundtable and panel sessions at conferences, and write about the international apparel industry and the challenges and opportunities it faces. 

Columns by Leonie Barrie


just-style editor Leonie Barrie shares her thoughts on some of the top stories in the news.

Articles by Leonie Barrie

H&M has committed to work towards a living wage, but the factories researched are said to be very far from reaching that goalH&M living wage commitments criticised in Cambodia 27 September 2016

Swedish fashion retailer H&M has again been criticised over the working conditions at some of its "best in class" supplier factories in Cambodia.

ERP helps TAL Apparel achieve an agile business 27 September 2016

Hong Kong based manufacturing giant TAL Apparel Limited is implementing a cloud-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) system to help support an agile business model targeting high-end brands.

Training women supervisors is How better factory conditions help boost the bottom line 26 September 2016

A link has been established between improved working conditions in the apparel industry and a resulting boost to factory competitiveness – but the sourcing practices of global buyers remains one of the biggest challenges to progress.

The new Monocle yarns are made from regenerated bamboo fibres and coloured using five natural plant dyesNew natural plant dyed eco-friendly cellulosic yarns 26 September 2016

A new range of "smart" cellulosic yarns derived from natural and rapidly renewable resources and coloured using an ultrasonic natural plant dyed process is set to make its debut later this week.

Kering partnership produces guidance on python trade 26 September 2016

Three new reports published today (26 September) suggest the wild harvesting and farming of pythons is ecologically sustainable and results in socioeconomic benefits for poor households in South-East Asia.

Clothing suppliers with UK duty-free access risk losing out after Brexit 23 September 2016

Suppliers in several major clothing exporting countries could lose their preferential access to the UK market if and when Britain leaves the EU unless special terms of access are negotiated, a new report suggests.

New tariff classifications for recreational performance outerwear such as ski-wear have had a knock-on impact on  items outside this termNew US tariff classifications impact woven apparel 23 September 2016

Modifications to the tariff classifications of many woven apparel products to cover recreational performance outerwear have had a knock-on – and confusing – impact on products such as jeans.

The new factory checklists covers building and structural safety as well as occupational safety and health, employment conditions and service issuesNew factory checklist to boost Bangladesh labour inspection 22 September 2016

A new inspection checklist developed to collect information on Bangladesh ready-made garment factories marks another major step towards building a modern and transparent labour inspectorate in the country.

More major brands join Cotton Leads programme 22 September 2016

The Cotton Leads programme for responsibly-produced cotton has added another four brands to its partners, bringing the total to more than 400 since its launch three years ago.

Feathered Friends taps real-time production data 22 September 2016

Down clothing specialist Feathered Friends is hoping to increase visibility in its manufacturing process after arming supervisors with real-time information while on the production floor.

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